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#1 jslallar

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 21:42

Dear Townsedophiles,
There are several reviews already available here for Cross Townsend, so I am not going to reiterate what has already been said. The idea behind this post was to display at one place all the makes and finishes of Townsend for refence. Below are the finishes I could find. If I have missed any (and I am sure I must have) please post or send me a PM.
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Edited by jslallar, 27 May 2012 - 21:44.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:38

I hope you don't mind me asking, but are there Medallists with steel nibs? The Medallist I own (second hand) does not have a yellow gold nib. I tried looking online, but the ones I see are all gold nibs.

Thanks for this, by the way! I'm getting tempted to buy another Townsend :)

Edited by lovementos, 28 May 2012 - 01:39.


#3 Russ

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:20

Lacking is the iridescent green / black stripe finish. Held one way in light, the green stripes appear wider. Held another way, black strips appear wider. I would photograph mine, but it was driven over ... :crybaby:

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 20:20

I hope you don't mind me asking, but are there Medallists with steel nibs? The Medallist I own (second hand) does not have a yellow gold nib. I tried looking online, but the ones I see are all gold nibs.
Thanks for this, by the way! I'm getting tempted to buy another Townsend :)


Medalists come in Gold Coated Steel nibs TTBOMK.
Some may have been sold with gold nibs, but both my medalitss CII and Townsend have GC Steel nibs.

Lacking is the iridescent green / black stripe finish. Held one way in light, the green stripes appear wider. Held another way, black strips appear wider. I would photograph mine, but it was driven over ... :crybaby:


Whata shame, sorry for your loss.
I'll try and get the pic of that model which todate I did not know about frankly.

Edited by jslallar, 28 May 2012 - 20:23.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 23:11

I have a Townsend ballpen and pencil combo with Concorde written on the side of the caps.
Finish seems to be grey lustre. Is this unique to pens sold on concorde and are there other examples out there in different finishes ??

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:23

When I first joined FPN in 2007, NeoTiger had just sold a Malachite Townsend, and actually the post is still there with photos.

http://www.fountainp...-green-on-hold/

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 20:58

I have a Townsend ballpen and pencil combo with Concorde written on the side of the caps.
Finish seems to be grey lustre. Is this unique to pens sold on concorde and are there other examples out there in different finishes ??



TTBOMK these were special edition Townsends for the flyers in Concord Aircraft by Brit Airways / Air France.
Can you post a pic please.
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#8 jslallar

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 20:59

When I first joined FPN in 2007, NeoTiger had just sold a Malachite Townsend, and actually the post is still there with photos.

http://www.fountainp...-green-on-hold/



Thanks, noted for reference.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 06:00

I haven't seen this color, "Meteorite" in a FP, just this USA-made BP model. It's from MontgomeryPens.com.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 13:23

I have one called "Quicksilver" that appears to be missing from the original post. It sort of looks like a dark, glossy stainless steel. Here is a pic of one like it:
http://www.amazon.co...D/dp/B001DCJ4TW
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 20:56

Here are some additional finishes, some long forgotten about like the Carbonite and the Ochre finishes that were out for a short time. I hope you enjoy them.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 14:44

Here are some additional finishes, some long forgotten about like the Carbonite and the Ochre finishes that were out for a short time. I hope you enjoy them.



Thanks. Beautiful pens!
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 21:35

Two further finishes that come to mind are Cyber Blue and Matt Black (Cosmos Black?) Then there are the ones with the chrome caps - some of the range were in the Cross sale - see www.cross.com

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 18:24

Dear Townsedophiles,
There are several reviews already available here for Cross Townsend, so I am not going to reiterate what has already been said. The idea behind this post was to display at one place all the makes and finishes of Townsend for refence. Below are the finishes I could find. If I have missed any (and I am sure I must have) please post or send me a PM.
Thanks.

Hi
I have a gold coloured Townsend, only says Cross USA on the cap, 14k nib, is this likely to be an 10k GF or 23K GF, any way of finding out.

#15 Jerome Tarshis

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:57

Pensupply2000's question is interesting. I don't believe there is any such thing as a 23K gold-filled pen. (But conceivably there is; it isn't ordinary, though.)

Gold-plated, yes, because gold plating can be exceedingly thin. Nor do I have any sense that Cross has manufactured merely gold-plated pens; the gold-colored Cross pens I know about (which may not be the entire universe of Cross pens) are gold-filled or solid gold.

At present I own a Century II presumably made in China and marked 1/20 10K, either rolled gold or gold-filled, those being synonymous terms and my eyes being temporarily foggy. The pen definitely states the gold content. I am also aware of Cross pens made of 12K rolled gold and own two, my Century BP and FP. There has been 14K rolled gold and, for all I know, but I've never touched an example, 18K rolled gold. And Cross has made pens of solid 14K gold, not rolled gold. Back in my day, so to speak. Perhaps by now solid 18K gold.

I would find it odd that Cross USA made a pen with an all-gold appearance without labeling the gold content, assuming that it was rolled gold or solid gold. The 23K gold plating one may find on clips, cap lips, and the brand-indicative bit at the top of the cap, would not be labeled. That amount of gold would not be worth quantifying.

So, yes, I'd say that among pens made in the USA there are more possibilities for Pensupply2000 than 10K rolled gold. Indeed, I'm not sure Cross got as far down as 10K while manufacturing in the United States. Others will know better than I do.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 21:03

Penssupply2000 you can look up the caps above in the pictures and see the difference in the black band which is a code for the gold content even if it is not marked.Townsend came in 10K and 18K finishes. (I am not sure about an earlier 14K finish but it certainly is not a current issue finish)

Century II also came in the same finishes, same cap top black band code.

Classic Century was made in solid gold in addition to the above finishes and that is not common, also when found it will be pretty expensive, according to a FPNer who discussed th ematter in another thread, the ballpoint is worth $500-700 and the pen maybe $1200-1500. For other finishes the code remains the same.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 22:37

I just bought an emerald green Townsend fp with an 18k/rhodium plated two-tone nib from Cross on sale for $122, reduced from $260. I didn't notice this color in the above posts. vinper

#18 jslallar

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:37

I just bought an emerald green Townsend fp with an 18k/rhodium plated two-tone nib from Cross on sale for $122, reduced from $260. I didn't notice this color in the above posts. vinper



Pics plaease!! to add to my pictorial set.
And permission to use the pic as a part of te set as in above series.
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#19 vinper

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 20:53

I need to supply a correction to my earlier post. The pen was advertised as selling for an original price of $260.00 which would have been the price with an 18k nib (to the best of my knowledge). The website wouldn't allow an online purchase to be completed so I phoned in my order. When the pen arrived it had a plated nib not 18k gold. Cross is sending me a retun shipping label and will refund my money. I'm crushed because the pen was gorgeous. I see them on e-bay beginning at $95 (steel nib). I've become obsessed with finding one with a gold nib at a reasonable price. In the meantime I scored a Midnight Blue from e-bay, new with an advertised 14k nib for $109.00 to ease the pain of the earlier loss. There was an earlier post somewhere in this forum which mentioned that Cross had swapped out some of the gold nibs to save them for repairs and substituted plated ones. I can't verify this, but it seems accurate based on what happened to me. In the meantime, Happy New Year to all. vinper

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 21:06

I haven't seen this color, "Meteorite" in a FP, just this USA-made BP model. It's from MontgomeryPens.com.

I just picked up a matching Townsend xf nib fp plus matching Townsend pencil in this champagne meteorite color from crosspenmall for $130.00. Pictures to follow. vinper

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 19:50

One that I picked up recently is the Cross Townsend "Citrine"

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:24

One that I picked up recently is the Cross Townsend "Citrine"

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Which was mentioned/depicted above by dut1974.


I got one NOS at half price 4 months ago. Nice pen.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 19:17

I hadn't heard of this, so I thought of posting it here.<br /><br /><a href='http://www.coloradopen.com/product/Cross-20th-Special-Edition-Platinum-Townsend-Fountain-Pen/cross-fountain-pens' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>http://www.coloradop...s-fountain-pens</a>



Edited by adamselene, 13 April 2013 - 19:22.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:31

Good grief. I just realized that I have four Cross Townsend pens - or should I say 'had.' Our alumni association sold the collections in the 1990s. Thanks to an employee discount, I was able to purchase a 10k gold ballpoint, a sienna brown ballpoint, a green jade rollerball and my pride and joy - a lapis lazuli ballpoint. Rollerball has been hanging around my pen box for years. The lapis would disappear for a year or two. It reappeared recently. Out of curiosity, I did a search to prompt the memory and saw how much it is worth today. Now I'm afraid to take it out of the house. 

 

No clue where the gold and sienna brown pens went, when. Now you know why I'll forego any deep FP investments any time soon. Too irresponsible!


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 00:02

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The Gold and Black laquer Townsend set in the middle box was called "Tuxedo".  let me know if you want more pictures.  You have my permission to use the picture.



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 10:06

Looks nice Raymond.

 

But mostly BP, I notice. How many fountainpens do you have? Personally, I have only one, a Citrine. But I don't collect separate models.

 

I just want the good writers. You could say I collect the nibs.

 

 

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 23:34

The very first picture above includes a Townsend labeled as "Titanium Grey Lacquer" -- it has a grey barrel and silver-colored appointments.

 

Try as I might I can't find any other reference to this pen, or a standard Cross reference number/SKU for it.

 

Anyone out there actually own one of these and could perhaps shed some light in the form of a SKU, another name, cryptic clues provided by an old Gypsy woman, etc.? My thanks in advance. :)


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